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What is the life expectancy of scabies?
 
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The entire life cycle of a scabies mite can take about 10 to 17 days. Adult females lay eggs for about two months.

 

Scabies Facts

  • Scabies is a notably contagious infection of the skin that is brought about by miniature mites.
  • The Scabies Mite is the cause of the condition by burrowing into our skin to produce eggs.
  • The mite is all but invisible to the sufferer and it is a particularly common occurrence to be infected with scabies.
  • A female scabies mite digs to lay, and just into the very upper layer of the skin. She eats the skin as she goes and stops in the burrow for her lifetime.
  • Once living in the burrow the scabies mite should start laying almost straight away and will do so more than once each day and over a period of up to two months.
  • The scabies eggs become young mites in a matter of days, and climb out from the burrow to feast on the hair follicle.
  • In as little time as as four days the scabies mite reaches laying age and searches for a mate, at which point the female will go over the process again, burrowing into the skin to lay her eggs.
  • The Scabies patient may notice miniature bites or pimples in the first instance and it is worth being aware that the mites breed in warm and moist areas.
  • Scabies will most frequently occur in the armpits or on the chest, as well as the genital area, the fingers, and anywhere where jewellery forms a warm and safe place.
  • Places where there are folds in the skin are often infected with the scabies mite and are common spots for the mites to be found.
  • Those infected with Scabies could notice discomfort - often very intense and most likely at night - and the appearance of a red rash, and will be inclined to scratch the area affected.
  • In children it is common for the scabies mite to thrive on the soles of the feet and the palms, and also on the scalp, while in babies it is often the neck and head that are most often affected.
  • Itching and irritation is as a result of an allergic reaction that the body gives up to the presence of the scabies mites, and is often very profound indeed.
  • As the scabies infection spreads the sufferer could experience hardening of the skin, with crusty and scaly skin appearing in time.
  • In persons with sensitive skin, or those with severe scabies infection nodular scabies can be the result.
  • Nodular Scabies is a condition that is prevalent when debris left behind by the mite gets trapped under the skin.
  • As scabies can become serious and severe if left untreated it is essential that the best treatment is applied for the specified time.
  • The aged and those with susceptible immune systems are generally likely to suffer from exaggerated cases of scabies, and should be careful as a result.
  • Like lots of similar conditions scabies is highly contagious and it does not necessarily take one to come into direct contact with a patient to become infected.
  • Lying in a bed or relaxing in a chair that has been inhabited by a sufferer can bring about scabies infection, as can close contact with the sufferer.
  • Scabies is often found in nursing homes where the aged reside, and in people who work in the attached profession and come into contact with cases.

Last update: 09:33 AM Friday, April 3, 2009

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